New Medical Journal Promises End to Political Correctness

3/27/2003

From: Kathryn Serkes, 202-333-3855, kaserkes@att.net http://www.aapsonline.org

WASHINGTON, March 27 -- The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons announced today it has completely revamped its peer-reviewed medical journal in favor of less political commentary and more emphasis on scholarly scientific review and original research.

"There were some concerns that we tilted too far to political commentary at the expense of scientific content," said AAPS public affairs counsel Kathryn A. Serkes. "That has been corrected."

Formerly known as the Medical Sentinel, the journal will now be called The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, or the JP&S. "We believe this more accurately represents the organization which is a non-partisan, professional association," said Serkes. "The old name could easily be misinterpreted, and some members felt it sent the wrong message to the general public."

Serkes said that the mission statement has not changed. "The mission is dead on-target of what we what to accomplish. We're committed to meeting that challenge."

The mission statement includes "...a commitment to publishing scholarly articles in defense of the practice of private medicine, the pursuit of integrity in medical research...Political correctness, dogmatism and orthodoxy will be challenged with logical reasoning, valid data and the scientific method."

"We view the JP&S as the nation's journal of scientific integrity," said Serkes. "So many journals use distorted methodology and studies as political propaganda. We hope to rebut those."

Founding editor, Miguel Faria, M.D., has stepped down, and becomes Editor Emeritus. The JP&S will be lead by a dynamic and most capable new editor -- Lawrence Huntoon, M.D. Ph.D., a contributor to many scholarly journals. "Many people are familiar with Dr. Huntoon's outrageous sense of humor as reflected in his series of cartoons, 'Blue Bunglers,' lampooning CMS bureaucrats," said Serkes.

The journal's design has been completely revamped to better reflect the new editorial direction, and has eliminated some of the old features, such as reprinting news articles from other sources.

Serkes promise that the JP&S will feature less political commentary in favor of more articles of a scientific nature, particularly if they are relevant to contemporary policy debates. For example, the lead article in this issue establishes the link between mercury in childhood vaccines and autism.

"The science speaks for itself," concluded Serkes.

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